Netherlands Experience for the Development of Ukraine: Professor Sibe Schaap's Meeting with Students of the Faculty for Humanities and Pedagogics of NULES of Ukraine

21 лютого 2020 року
On February 20, 2020, well-known Dutch philosopher and politician Sibe Schaap gave a lecture to international students and graduate students at the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty for Humanities and Pedagogics. He currently teaches philosophy at the Free University of Amsterdam and Charles University in Prague. Mr. Schaap himself is the author of many philosophy books that have been translated into German, Russian and Ukrainian. In addition to his philosophical work, he is a chairman of the Water Committee of the Netherlands and the Committee on Genetic Modification, a senator and Member of the Netherlands Parliament of the Liberal Party, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy.

Professor Schaap sees great potential in Ukraine's agro-sphere, and he dedicated his report to this issue. The lecturer revealed the success story of the Netherlands, which began seventy years ago, during a difficult post-war period. At that time, the state developed two recovery concepts: step-by-step reforms and comprehensive cooperation. The government initiated the reforms. The formula for the success of the Netherlands is this algorithm: first, agrarian institutions are created, then applied science is developed, then the laws on industry reform are implemented, and finally foreign markets are opened and partnerships with other countries are strengthened.

The Dutch experience has convinced the audience that the development of agrarian education is one of the most important factors in the cultural and economic development of the country. According to the lecturer, increasing the level of not only professional but also philosophical competence of the agricultural sector employees, which contributes to the destruction of outdated mental stereotypes and counteracts inertia, plays a huge role in the process of society's development. Competition and cooperation, persistence and consistency are important for the successful development of the Ukrainian agricultural sector. But, Professor Schaap believes, first of all, we must start with education and science, which must necessarily include both applied and fundamental components. Business is interested in the development of applied sciences, so it will support them. The basic sciences, undoubtedly, need public funding.